Gary Ballance and Ian Bell resumed England innings on day two with an overnight score of 247-2. Both batsmen crossed 150-run mark each and then with the help of gutsy innings by debutant Jos Buttler England declared their innings on 569-7. India late on day two batted for 14 overs and at the close of play were 25-1 with Shikhar Dhawan back in the hutch. In case you missed the action here are five interesting highlights of the day’s play.
Garry Ballancenotches his highest Test score: Gary Ballance who registered his third Test ton late on day one continued to be in his groove on day two morning. Ballance looked good and scored some quick runs to take his individual score past 150. He was the adjudged caught behind when ball touched his thighs instead of bat. Part time spinner Rohit Sharma was the bowler to dismiss Ballance on 156, his highest score in Tests now.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes for India: Wickets did not come easy for India and MS Dhoni kept rotating his bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then found the wicket of in-form England batsman Joe Root with an away-swinging delivery. Few overs later Bhuvi then removed Moeen Ali with a short ball to scalp England’s fifth wicket.
Ian Bell makes it count: It needed a big innings from England’s senior batsman Ian Bell after his poor run with the bat. He notched up his first Test ton after 19 innings and looked the very Ian Bell known for well composed innings. In pursuit of some quick runs his innings was then cut short on 167 when he tried to smash Bhuvi but was caught at mid-on. Bell’s ton made sure England pile huge 1st innings score.
Jos Butler shines on debut:Debutant wicketkeeper Jos Buttler survived initial slump when he was batting on nought as there was doubt over the catch claimed by Ajinkya Rahane at second slip. Buttler then continued to make merry and thrashed Indian bowlers to score an aggressive fifty on debut. He scored almost run a ball 85 before Ravindra Jadeja bowled him.
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara stay firm:After England declared their innings India had to bat for 14 overs. Shikhar Dhawan continued to be unimpressive on this tour as he was the lone wicket to fell for India. James Anderson had him caught at first slip and handed England an early advantage. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara then dropped anchors to remain unbeaten at the end of day’s play and deny further wicket to England.